User-Created Timeline

April 12th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

(www.timelineindex.com/content/home.php)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision – also see note at bottom of review)

 

One of our ClickScholars wrote this: “I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories: 

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors, Alchemists, Archaeologists, Artists, Astronauts, Composers, Conquerors, Dictators, Explorers, Inventors, Mathematicians, Musicians, Philosophers, Scientists, Settlers, US Presidents, Writers, Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art, Culture, Education, Exploration, Health, Industry, Law, Nature, Politics, Religion, Sports, Disasters, Discoveries, Empires, Revolutions, Theories, War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age, Ice Age, Industrial Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages, Reformation, Renaissance, Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa, America, the Arctic, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books, Film, Music, Paintings, Economics, Fiction, Myths, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and URLs to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

It’s National Library Week!

April 11th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lessons from the Library

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson261.shtml)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

April 8-14 is National Library week this year! This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills.

Take advantage of these free activities to help your readers excel in the library: 

  • Mapping the Library – Compare your library with another library and create a map. (Grades Pre-K-5)
  • Huey and Louie Meet Dewey – Using the Dewey decimal classification system, organize a list of books. (Grades 3-8)
  • Save the Library – Write an essay to help save the library from projected budget cuts. (Grades 3-8)
  • Alphabetize for a Reason – Organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)
  • Library Scavenger Hunt – Locate resources within the library and use online resources to answer research questions. (Grades 6-12)

Education World is a massive and amazing website for educators – with all kinds of internet-based lesson plans and activities themed around specific subjects and holidays. Just go to the site, type a topic into the search engine, and you will be rewarded with many links to websites that provide information, resources, lessons, curriculum, activities – everything your teaching heart could desire. We’ve featured pages within the Ed World site before. You can create a complete unit study with the resources provided at the site, or just try a few of the suggested activities.

This ad-supported website does a great job of making free, internet-based curriculum and educational resources available to teachers and parent-educators and National Library Week is just one of many thousands of topics offered at the site. Because the site is so large and because web addresses change so quickly you will occasionally find dead links but overall it is well-maintained. Bookmark it – you’ll want to return here often.

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

(www.scistarter.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grade 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for: 

  • Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
  • Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.
 
From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox.

Math Tricks, Games, & Lessons!

April 9th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Murderous Maths

(www.murderousmaths.co.uk/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Murderous Maths books use humor to make learning math entertaining and funny. (The word “murderous” here means “extremely difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant.”) The comic-style books feature a range of quirky characters that teach math concepts through fun and absurd stories. At the website you’ll find many of the math tricks, games, and lessons featured in the books that you can access for free.

When you get to the site, it all looks a little chaotic. There’s a brief introduction with links to content on the site, and an icon menu. Place your cursor over the illustrations to see where each one leads. If it looks interesting, click on it to learn more. We found the easiest way to get to the freebies, is to use the tiny menu bar located at the bottom of the page that includes: 

  • Fun – An assortment of math tricks and games to entertain you, and amaze your friends. For example, find out how to guess someone’s “Age By Chocolate” – and read the explanation for how it’s done.
  • Contents – Under Features, enjoy colorfully illustrated lessons that teach:
    • Finger Times Tables
    • Pascal’s Triangle
    • The Area of an Ellipse
    • Fibonacci and Nature
    • Calculating the Area of a Trapezium
    • Square Triangle and Cube Numbers
    • How to Work Out Square Roots Without a Calculator
    • And More!
  • Teachers – Number tricks, powerpoints and miscellaneous fun

This is a terrific way to supplement math studies and engage reluctant mathematicians.

Folk Music and Dance for Kids

April 7th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, April 7, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Board of Education: So Why Music?

(www.schools.utah.gov/curr/finearts/elementarysongs)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website by the Utah Office of Education encourages learning Fine Arts to “enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture.”

To that end they offer a free music catalog of downloadable song files (mp3), sheet music with lyrics, and dance instructions that accompany some of the songs.

When you get to the site you’ll see the Elementary Songbook Music Catalog with a menu of traditional children’s music and folk song titles that include: 

  • “A Tisket, A Tasket”
  • “Bingo”
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • “Down By the Bay”
  • “Going to the Zoo”
  • “If You’re Happy”
  • “Old MacDonald”
  • “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Yankee Doodle”

And many more titles that you’re sure to recognize.

Plus, you’ll find a menu of Movement/Dance Options that include free, printable instructions for folk dances you can do as you listen to the songs. You’ll discover: 

  • A simple line dance in a middle eastern style
  • A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing
  • A simple circle dance in the style of “big circle mountain” dancing
  • A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3
  • A Latin American line dance popular at Carnival
  • A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style
  • A square dance in traditional formation
  • A simple variation of the traditional Virginia reel in long sets

This is a terrific resource to help your kids learn songs of historical and cultural significance. You can learn the dance steps too, and it might be a great project for a homeschool support group or scout troop.

Folk Music and Dance for Kids

April 7th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, April 7, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Board of Education: So Why Music?

(www.schools.utah.gov/curr/finearts/elementarysongs)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website by the Utah Office of Education encourages learning Fine Arts to “enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture.”

To that end they offer a free music catalog of downloadable song files (mp3), sheet music with lyrics, and dance instructions that accompany some of the songs.

When you get to the site you’ll see the Elementary Songbook Music Catalog with a menu of traditional children’s music and folk song titles that include: 

  • “A Tisket, A Tasket”
  • “Bingo”
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • “Down By the Bay”
  • “Going to the Zoo”
  • “If You’re Happy”
  • “Old MacDonald”
  • “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Yankee Doodle”

And many more titles that you’re sure to recognize.

Plus, you’ll find a menu of Movement/Dance Options that include free, printable instructions for folk dances you can do as you listen to the songs. You’ll discover: 

  • A simple line dance in a middle eastern style
  • A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing
  • A simple circle dance in the style of “big circle mountain” dancing
  • A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3
  • A Latin American line dance popular at Carnival
  • A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style
  • A square dance in traditional formation
  • A simple variation of the traditional Virginia reel in long sets

This is a terrific resource to help your kids learn songs of historical and cultural significance. You can learn the dance steps too, and it might be a great project for a homeschool support group or scout troop.

Visit the Micropolitan Museum

April 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, April 6, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Micropolitan Museum

(www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/micropolitan/index.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Take a unique virtual field trip into the world of micro-organisms with this site from the Micscape Magazine.

The curator of the online museum, Wim van Egmond, “has collected the finest microscopic masterpieces nature has ever produced.”

When arriving at today’s link, select from the four collections to begin your tours: 

  • The Freshwater Collection
  • The Marine Collection
  • The Insectarium
  • The Botanical Garden

When the collection page opens, click on the thumbnail images on the left to choose an exhibit, then choose the micro-organism to see amazing pictures and learn about the organism. Use your back button or the icons on the bottom of the page to navigate through the different collections. It takes a little work to navigate around but it is well worth it to see the artistic beauty of these life forms. 

Before leaving the site, click the home icon in the upper menu, then locate the “Questions and Answers” text link to find “tutorials for microscopists, beginners, and articles on how to get the best out of a microscope.” 

This website would be a wonderful addition for your science studies, so bookmark this page as new images are being added regularly.

Free Geography Games

April 5th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SoftSchools.com – Geography Games

(www.softschools.com/social_studies/geography/world_geography/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Brush up on your geography skills with these online games from SoftSchools.com.

When arriving at the site select a game from the list of World Geography Games. Most games are quizzes or sorting games, but there are a few map skills games. Topics include: 

  • Countries
  • Bodies of water
  • Mountains
  • Deserts
  • Islands and Peninsulas
  • Volcanoes
  • Continents
  • General Geography

Under the list of games is a section to learn geography facts such as: 

  • Wonders of the World Facts
  • National Landmarks Facts
  • Countries Facts
  • Mongolia Facts
  • Luxembourg Facts
  • Sierra Leone Facts
  • Nicaragua Facts
  • Iceland Facts
  • Pyramids Facts
  • Boreal Forest Facts
  • Sahara Desert Facts
  • The Great Barrier Reef Facts
  • The Aurora Facts

Each section is further broken down into another menu highlighting a more refined sub-topic.

This website can add some variety to your world geography studies.

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Science with Ladybugs!

April 3rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 3, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LadybugLady.com

(www.ladybuglady.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, maintained by an entomologist, offers free scientific information, terrific photographs, fun facts, coloring pages, and ladybug craft ideas!

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu under “Related Articles” to explore the site that includes: 

  • Facts About Ladybugs
  • Ladybug pictures
  • Ladybug Reproduction
  • Unusual Ladybugs

And more! You’ll also find the answers to questions such as: Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? and What Do Ladybugs Eat? And you’ll find information to use for science projects and fairs, and why they are considered “beneficial” insects.

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